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|Just the Facts|
Updated April 4, 2009
Did you know that the Crime Rate in West Covina, this past year, went down? Crimes involving homicide, burglary, robbery, rape, vehicle theft, aggravated assault and larceny went down 2.4%. These types of crimes are the lowest they have been in 16 years.
Additionally, violent crimes went down .26% and property crime went down 2.61%.
The West Covina Police Department has taken aggressive measures, with arrests increasing by nearly 14%
Did you know that the amount of graffiti arrests has increased? The City of West Covina has a zero tolerance policy against graffiti, which had lead to the formation of a Graffiti Abatement Team (GAT) through the West Covina Police Department.
Since the creation of GAT, there has been a 98% conviction rate.
With each year, the amount of graffiti related arrests have continued to climb. In the first year, of 2006, there were 146 graffiti related arrests; in the second year of 2007, there were 228 arrests; and, last year, in 2008, there were 427 arrests. With only a few months into the new year of 2009, nearly 90 arrests have already taken place.
Because of the increased graffiti problem, a "Graffiti Tracker" was purchased to help keep track of the graffiti that has been removed. It is a wonderful tool.
Did you know that no City funds are used for the construction of the City of West Covina Rose Float? The Rose Float is paid entirely with donations from residents, businesses, and fundraisers that the West Covina Rose Float Foundation volunteers host.
To learn more, or to get involved with the City's Rose Float, please visit their website, wcrosefloat.org
Did you know that Shadow Oak Park is comprised of 25.9 acres and the City of West Covina invested approximately $1.5 million in upgrades to the park in 2008?
The City added new walkways, grass, trees, park benches, water fountains, picnic tables and new lighting.
Do you know how many acres of open space/park land the City of West Covina owns?
The City owns 126.52 acres of land for public use and the Park Maintenance Budget for 2008-09 totals $1.5 million.
Did you know that the City of West Covina has received Federal, State and Regional Awards for West Covina Big League Dreams?
Yes, thus far, we have received 10 Awards!
The reasons the City has received so many awards is due to the fact that the creation of the Big League Dreams facility helped eliminate blight, involved a lot of community participation to make the project a reality, increased economic vitality for the area, among many other positive reasons.
Most importantly, West Covina received National and Statewide recognition for transforming what had been an eyesore to what is now a point of destination, offering outdoor recreational opportunities as well as retail and professional services.
The City Council authorized redevelopment of the former 583-acre landfill site, a land use that was long resented by the community. Due to their efforts to create more open space, for families of all ages to enjoy, the project has been a major success. It has not only generated over a thousand new jobs for the area, but is estimated to generate millions of dollars in local revenues.